Politicians are known for their ability to kick the can down the road for the next generation to make the structural reforms that they are faced with. There are simply too many risks to a political career in causing disruption, no matter how positive, if the fruits will only be borne after the next elective cycle. Call it the unintended consequence of democratic contestation, but for young emerging nations such as ours, this sort of policy indecision by players more concerned with their prospects in party and state inevitably pushes the country to bouts of panic, where we can all feel the country reach ever closer to the abyss.This has been the fate of Eskom for more than a decade, a political hot potato. For while the ANC has comfortably governed for more than two decades, the fierce contests within the party have meant that the party has essentially been run along the lines of a coalition government. And over the past decade it has been a coalition that has been at its m...

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